IHOP or International House Of Pancakes finally arrives and IHOP Restaurant opens its first branch in the Philippines, day after Valentine’s. With 1,600 branches in the US, IHOP Restaurant has been in the US for 54 years, established in 1958 in California, and is known for pancakes, crepes, omelettes, burgers, fried chicken, and steaks, according to Ana Hernandez who is the IHOP Restaurant Director for International Marketing. We’ve met the gorgeous exec of IHOP during their exclusive media day, two days before the opening.
We asked why they chose the Philippines and we were surprised that although IHOP has been in the loop for so long, this is the very first time that they dive-in the Asian territory. “Philippines is the first in the Asian region,” said Ana, whom we presume is a Latin-American. “IHOP Philippines is also the first in the world to serve plain rice and garlic rice.” That is such a quite amusing trivia. Well, overseas, IHOP is known for their many flavors of pancakes and crepes. We just tried it out for ourselves at their branch at the ground floor of W Global Center, just besides P.F. Chang’s and California Pizza Kitchen. We have yet to look-out for more food restaurants that Global Restaurant Concepts, Inc. (GRCI) headed by GRCI President and CEO Archie Rodriguez that will also soon to open in this place.
We also asked Ana of their plans for expansion in the country and she shared with us that they are about to open 20 more branches in the Philippines. We just wonder where could that be. Hope there will be places nearest you, right?
IHOP Restaurant signature pancakes are Buttermilk; Chocolate; Cheesecake; and soon they will also offer promotional flavors like Red Velvet, Pumpkin, and Carrot. Feeling hungry now?
“We are Going to start with 170 core menus and down the year, we will introduce more local flavors to suit the taste of Filipino IHOP customers,” added Ana.
Here are some of the photos and its prices that we just partake during the media day. We hope you already visited IHOP when they opened on the 15th and if you haven’t, well, you better line-up fast because from what I’ve heard, IHOP has been drawing a very long line since it open on Friday morning.
And yes, they serve Never Empty Coffee Pot regular or decaf for Php 125 per person, which means you can have as much as you want as long as you can drink lots of coffee!
- IHOP to expand in Asia-Pacific region (swrnn.com)
- Where to go next on a Valentine’s Day date (juanmanilaexpress.wordpress.com)
Photos by iShootPh.
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